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Caffe Latte

Lattes (also known as caffe lattes) are espresso beverages made with a lot of steamed milk. Although a cappuccino is made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foam, a latte is made with far more milk than coffee.

Lattes are made with at least one shot of espresso and two ounces of steamed milk and are topped with a thin layer of foam. Lattes are milkier than cappuccinos, because since steamed cream is used instead of foamed milk, the milk in a latte melts into the espresso, while cappuccinos have three separate layers.

For the espresso, you'll need the following ingredients:

For Expresso:

  1. 1 ounce of water
  2. 1 tablespoon coffee, field (dark espresso or French roast)
  3. Additional information is optional. 1 1/2 oz. liquid (or 1 shot) quick syrup with flavor

For foamed milk :

  1. 3 ounces milk for the foamed milk (or more)


For Expresso:

  • Gather the required ingredients.

Caffe Latte ingredients, coffee, water, syrup, milk


  • Fill the boiler of your espresso machine with water.

putting water into a coffee maker


  • Fill the portafilter halfway with coffee.

coffee in a portafilter


  • Using a tamper, press the coffee down. Repeat 2–3 times more to ensure the grounds are densely lined.

Tamp (press) the coffee down using a tamper


  • Place the portafilter in the group head of your espresso machine and lock in place by turning it right.

Place the portafilter into metal espresso machine


  • Put a latte cup or a glass carafe that came with your espresso under the group head and pull the shot for 25-30 seconds. Typically, this mechanism may be started by a lever, click, or button.

espresso pouring into a coffee cup from an espresso machine


  • Once the shot is pulled, add the flavored syrup, if using.

pouring syrup into a cup of expresso


For foamed milk:

  • Fill a glass measuring cup or a small metal pitcher halfway with milk and set aside.

pouring milk into a metal pitcher


  • Place the steam wand just under the surface of the milk in the bottle.

steam wand in a metal pitcher of milk


  • Switch on the espresso machine's steam wand. Because each espresso machine is a little different, you can need to consult the manual for this.

turn on team wand, milk in a metal pitcher


  • Make sure the wand's tip is pointing away from the jar. With the milk, this will produce a vortex.

steam wand in a metal pitcher of milk


  • Move the container higher, lower, closer, and farther away from the steam wand to allow the air to be incorporated into the milk, resulting in foam. When you do this, the bubbles can shrink in size.

team wand in a metal pitcher of steamed milk


  • Switch off the steam wand when the milk has foamed up to its full height.

metal pitcher full of foam / steamed milk


Preparing the latte:

  • Pour the bottom 2/3 of the steamed milk into the latte cup, using a spoon to hold the microbubbles on top of the steamed milk.

pouring steamed milk into a white coffee cup with espresso


  • Top up the latte by pouring or spooning the remainder of the bubbles.

caffe latte in a white cup with a metal spoon


  • Serve and have fun.

Caffe Latte in a cup with a cookie